Two U.S. senators, working with Ellen Voie, president and CEO of the Women In Trucking Association, introduced legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to take a formal role in supporting women drivers.
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and bill co-sponsor Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are working with the FMCSA to create the Women of Trucking Advisory Board.
The bill, announced Nov. 14, 2019, will establish an advisory board of “not fewer than seven members…to contribute balanced points of view and diverse ideas regarding the strategies and objectives…to create new opportunities for women in the trucking industry.”
The FMCSA administrator will appoint the advisory board, which will then report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives.
“This bill exactly supports our mission to increase the ranks of women working in the trucking industry, to address obstacles, and to celebrate success,” Voie says.